Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation


Along with Bury, Stockport has the lowest concentration of VCS organisations per 1000 residents and is numerically the second-smallest sector in Greater Manchester. This may be related to its low deprivation, relative to the rest of Greater Manchester. It ranks highest on the indices of multiple deprivation next to Trafford. This impacts negatively on the level of deprivation-related funding available to the VCS in Stockport, despite the fact that the district, like Trafford and Bury, has pockets of acute deprivation. The demographics of the sector according to Stockport CVS (now closed) appear to remain fairly static, but the interest in volunteering has increased “dramatically” according to the CVS.

Population*                                                       282,600
Number of VCS groups                                      458
Number of VCS groups per 1000 population     1.6 
Deprivation Index (1 being the highest)*          159 
Population Density (per km squared)*              2,246
Number of infrastructure organisations             4
Number of infrastructure service providers        9

*Source: Neighbourhood Statistics. The Office for National Statistics,, accessed in August 2005.

For more detailed information about all areas of Greater Manchester see Spinning the Spider’s Web – a Mapping of Greater Manchester’s Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure.

The local support agency for the voluntary and community sector is Anchorpoint Stockport

The National Survey of Third Sector Organisations, commissioned by the Office of the Third Sector from Ipsos Mori, gives statistics about the local voluntary sector, its funding, and its relationship with the local authority. Please note that this survey has been controversial, due to its failure to include organisations that are ‘under the radar’, because of not being on the Charity Commission database.

The Stockport Metropolitan Council website contains a wealth of information about the local area. Profiling Stockport Live offers access to data on health, education, housing, and local data from service providers. Users must register, but use of the site is free.  

The North West Regional Intelligence Unit has produced place profiles about each local authority district. These profiles are supposed to give an impression of the distinct features of each district and cover history, assets, environment (including districts’ footprints) and economic functionality.
Short reports about each borough provide an overview over certain subjects, such as the housing market, migration and crime.,2DJT,LEMNJ,7I0L,1

The North West Public Health Observatory publishes an annual health profile for each local authority, which reports on health indicators such as smoking, obesity, life expectancy, relative to the national average.

In 2004, the DEFRA Rural Statistics Unit produced rural profiles for each local authority district, which contain statistics about the size and demographics of the rural population, tenancy types in the rural areas, car ownership and access to services.